What was graphite believed to be a form of?

lead
mercury
iron
chalk
When large deposit of graphite was found in the 16th century in England, it was thought to be a form of lead. In many lan­guages, the word for pencil lit­er­al­ly means lead pen. (German Bleis­tift, Polish ołówek, Arabic قلم رصاص)

Answers distribution

lead
mercury
iron
chalk
answers
flagIndia
82%
5%
4%
4%
347
flagAustralia
80%
3%
3%
9%
63
flagthe Philippines
78%
3%
1%
10%
55
flagthe United Arab Emirates
77%
3%
3%
14%
27
flagthe United States
76%
5%
6%
8%
1015
flagMalaysia
76%
3%
0%
19%
26
flagItaly
75%
11%
5%
8%
36
flagCanada
74%
7%
5%
12%
71
flagNorway
73%
7%
4%
14%
41
flagthe United Kingdom
71%
6%
7%
13%
554
flagthe Netherlands
71%
6%
11%
11%
45
flagGermany
69%
5%
9%
15%
200
flagSpain
68%
4%
12%
12%
25
flagPakistan
67%
5%
7%
10%
40
flagNigeria
65%
13%
4%
4%
23
flagPoland
62%
7%
12%
16%
14666
flagFrance
58%
7%
11%
21%
51
flagRepublic of Ireland
55%
11%
17%
14%
34
flagUnknown
54%
12%
5%
28%
57
flagAustria
54%
8%
8%
20%
24

Gender

men59%
women62%
lead
59%
62%
mercury
6%
7%
iron
12%
12%
chalk
20%
17%

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